articles by Manoj Kumar

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Nitish's victory over Manjhi might have come at a huge political cost

In the next six months he will not only have to bring governance back on the rails, pacify his restive legislators but he will also need to negotiate the complicated caste equations Manjhi has unleashed during his stint as chief minister.

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Nitish-Manjhi face-off: BJP top brass wants to stay neutral; no way says Bihar unit

With the Delhi poll debacle delivering the first major setback to the BJP since its LS election victory, the top leadership did not want to meddle in the ongoing power struggle in the JD(U) in Bihar.

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Bihar crisis: Nitish Kumar parades MLAs before President Pranab, cries injustice

In a fresh twist to the continuing political drama in Bihar, the state's aspiring chief minister Nitish Kumar paraded his lawmakers before the President in New Delhi on Wednesday to demand that he be allowed to take oath "without wasting any time".

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Bihar: Jitan Ram Manjhi's rebellion lands Nitish, Lalu in lose-lose situation

Jitan Manjhi's latest moves have landed Nitish in a constitutional pickle. On Sunday, Manjhi even met Nitish's most bitter rival in politics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Delhi to make his case.

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JD(U) drama: Nitish Kumar sacks Jitan Ram Manjhi after being declared as party leader in Bihar

The political conflict continuing for the past three days in Bihar reached a climax on Saturday when Jitan Ram Manjhi was sacked as Bihar CM.

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Remove Manjhi: Why Nitish Kumar is so desperate to get his old job back

Barely eight months out of office, Nitish Kumar seems to have gone desperate to get back his old job somehow and as quick as possible as a chain of recent developments indicate.

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Target 185 plus: Late Karpoori Thakur is important for the BJP in Bihar

he BJP, primarily identified with upper castes, wants to build rapport with other castes down the social ladder too. It did so effectively in the general election last year by courting leaders of smaller caste-based parties.

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Janata Parivar merger: Nitish Kumar needs to stick to political foe Lalu Prasad to survive

It's Nitish Kumar the Narendra Modi-led BJP would have loved to take on with its full might in the assembly polls in Bihar later this year. After all, both Modi and the BJP have old scores to settle with the JD(U) supremo.

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Janata Parivar merger: Bihar CM Manjhi can ruin Lalu-Nitish's plan

Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar may have discovered the best possible answer to the BJP in Bihar, but there's one man who can spoil their game.

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Bihar: How Bihar chief minister Manjhi proved smarter than mentor Nitish

To Nitish Kumar's discomfiture, the puppet has assumed a life of its own and is no more ready to respond to the master's calls. Manjhi is turning out smarter than he expected.

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After getting mauled by the Modi wave, it's protégé trouble for Nitish

The tussle began recently when Manjhi sought to come out of the shadow of his predecessor Nitish Kumar and began calling the shots.

India

Bihar stampede: After 33 deaths, why governance is the main casualty

Although Gandhi Maidan, which has the capacity to accommodate around 4.5-5 lakh people, was filled to the brim, only three gates out of its total nine had been kept in use by the local administration whereas the rest were locked.

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Is BJP's grand caste coalition crumbling in Bihar?

Even though the BJP candidates have been declared elected on four seats out of the 10 that went to the polls, only one is a convincing victory.

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No acche din for BJP in Bihar bypolls: Lalu-Nitish profit from anger at Modi

The stakes were quite high for the BJP, given that it had won six out of the 10 seats in the last assembly polls. In this by-poll, the result was reversed.

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Bihar: Why by-polls will be a big test for the Mandal warriors

Both Nitish and Lalu are keen on recreating the Mandal magic which propelled them to political prominence in the early 1990s.

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Karma bites back: JD(U) rebels back Sharad Yadav, take on Nitish

It’s a full-grown battle between Nitish and Sharad in Bihar with the rebels lending their support to their party’s national chief against the former.

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Bihar: Why Lalu, Nitish need each other deperately

When Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad decided to bury their 20-year long rivalry it created a flutter in the political circles.

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Why Nitish chose to name Manjhi as his successor in Bihar

The most important reason is that Nitish finds his position in the party, which has been under threat in recent times, safe with a low-profile, non-assertive, unambitious Dalit leader as CM

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Nitish Kumar's resignation: how he became a victim of his own ego

Nitish Kumar's defeat was a foregone conclusion given his moves prior to the elections. He was politically isolated with no allies to fall back upon. He could no more boast of development and he had no caste engineering to lean on.